Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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Set apart

We know that life isn’t always easy. We all encounter times of struggle, stress, and hardship, and we don’t always feel that we have the endurance we need to make it through the tough times.

Thank God for his Holy Spirit! Thank God for his promise that the Spirit can help us become holy, like Jesus. In many of his letters, Paul prayed that his readers would find the strength and endurance that flow from a life of holiness. He prayed that the Colossians would be “strengthened with every power” with God’s own strength (Colossians 1:11). He prayed that the Ephesians would experience “the surpassing greatness of his power” (Ephesians 1:19). And he prayed that God would fill the Christians in Rome “with all joy and peace in believing,” so that they could “abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Even speaking about himself, Paul said that he wanted to know the “power” of Jesus’ resurrection (Philippians 3:10).

Now, the strength that Paul talked about is not some magical ability to perform stupendous acts of wonder. It’s the strength to stand fast against temptation, to love people we find challenging, to forgive each other, and to reach out to the poor and needy.

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